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Slightly OT - was Re: Optimum number of symbols

From:Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 22, 2002, 9:17
On Wed, 22 May 2002 06:51, Tim May wrote:
> Raymond Brown writes: > > At 8:21 pm -0700 20/5/02, Jim Grossmann wrote: > > [snip] > > > > >create anything half as beautiful as Chinese characters or Egyptian > > >hieroglyphs. However, when it comes to esthetics, the cuneiform > > > scripts give me hope. > > > > Yes, I've always entertained the idea at the back of my mind of using > > some sort of cuneiform script at sometime. Cuneiform scripts were around > > for well over three thousand years and were used for a variety of > > systems, so there must've been something going for them. > > Wouldn't that be "the use of clay tablets as a medium for writing"? > Cuneiform's great for that, but possibly not so good for other media, > where you're drawing lines rather then imprinting them.
There was a time when I had an idea of using a recent innovation - conducting cloth - and a sandwich of thin rubber sheeting, to emulate clay for the purpose of writing cuneiform. Got that idea sometime around about Feb/March 2001. I've still got the idea, however the bits and pieces of scribble within which I put to paper my innovation - are gone with the wind, or at least with the shift of flat sometime during 2001. Is anyone likely to be interested? Is it worth developing it in any way beyond a mere pipe dream? Considering the robotic implications of what is virtually an artificial skin as far as pressure sensitivity goes? Awaiting your replies with Baited? Breath. Wesley Parish -- Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?" You ask, "What is the most important thing?" Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata." I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."